Main Street (St. Thomas)

#7 in Best Things To Do in U.S. Virgin Islands
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Key Info

Main Street

Price & Hours

Free
24/7

Details

Shopping, Neighborhood/Area Type
1 to 2 hours Time to Spend
4.0scorecard
  • 5.0Value
  • 3.5Food Scene
  • 3.0Atmosphere

If you love to shop, dive in: St. Thomas has the best shopping plaza in the Caribbean. Dazzling diamonds, fragrant perfume, designer duds, shiny electronics and potent liquor stream from the cobblestones of Main Street (also known by its Danish name, Dronningens Gade) in Charlotte Amalie. And just like you've read in travel book after travel book, it's all duty-free.

But if you're not in the mood to shop, stay away, particularly in the late morning and early afternoon. Narrow Main Street is an assault to the senses, filled with vacationers straight from the cruise dock and plenty of solicitors beseeching you to visit their stores. The surrounding area of Charlotte Amalie is clogged with tourist taxis trying to drop visitors off as close to the shops as possible.

A word to the wise: Even if you hope to avoid the rush, you also don't want to go to Main Street to shop too late in the day. Some shops close as early as 5 or 6 p.m. Frequent visitors say the sweet spot is around 3 p.m. While you're waiting to shop in Charlotte Amalie, consider walking to nearby Emancipation Garden or Market Square, both of which are great for picture-taking.

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#1 Virgin Islands National Park (St. John)

You don't have to make a special effort to visit the Virgin Islands National Park; if you're on St. John, you're probably standing right on the edge of it. Two-thirds of the island is parkland, and most of Love City's top attractions — Annaberg Plantation, Caneel Bay and Trunk Bay — are within its confines. There are numerous ways to enjoy this tropical paradise. Adventurous travelers should hike at least one of the 22 trails, while families will enjoy camping overnight on the beach.

There is no fee to enter the park, but you'll have to fork over $4 per adult to enjoy Trunk Bay beach. One TripAdvisor user raves that a visit to Trunk Bay is well worth the price: "Trunk Bay is absolutely gorgeous and has all the amenities — sheltered picnic tables, restrooms and a good snack stand. If you want to sit, read and/or watch the world go by this is the very best beach!" 

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